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Literature Lovers' Luncheon

Mark your calendars for the annual LITERATURE LOVERS' LUNCHEON on  Saturday, November 16th.

We have a stellar group of authors lined up!

Claire Lombardo

Claire Lombardo earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. A former social worker, she now teaches fiction writing and is at work on a second novel.


"If ever there were to be a literary love child of Jonathan Franzen and Anne Tyler, then Claire Lombardo's outstanding debut, which ranges from ebullience to despair by way of caustic but intense familial bonds, would be a worthy offspring...This is a novel epic in scope--emotionally, psychologically and narratively. Combining a broad thematic canvas with impressive emotional nuance, it's an assured and highly enjoyable debut." 
-- The Guardian  

Kate Racculia

Kate Racculia is the author of the novels This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award. She received her MFA from Emerson College and now works for the Bethlehem Area Public Library in Pennsylvania.


"Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts is so much fun it should be criminal. A mystery hidden in a game, hidden in a romp around Boston, with intrigue, a little romance, and a ghost? Perfection. Racculia has a gift for both humor and creating deeply relatable oddballs. Genuinely funny, whip-smart, and at times profound, it is a novel that reminds us both of the pure joy of play, and the importance of finding people who matter."
--Erika Swyler, bestselling author of The Book of Speculation and Light from Other Stars    


Amy Poeppel

Amy Poeppel is the author of Limelight and Small Admissions, which was first performed as a reading at the Actors Studio. Amy has worked as a stage actress and teacher and now lives with her husband and three sons in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany.  


"Amy Poeppel has pulled out all the stops to create an authentic inside glimpse into the theater world."--Tony Shalhoub, actor

"Such a delight! I rise to a standing ovation for Limelight, especially for dialogue that had me marveling on every page. Carter Reid has to be the most wonderfully/perfectly rendered spoiled celebrity brat I've encountered on the page. Brava, Amy Poeppel!"--Elinor Lipman, author of ON TURPENTINE LANE and THE INN AT LAKE DIVINE

Steve Rushin

 Steve Rushin is the author of Road Swing, which was named “Top 100 Sports Books of All Time” and Sting-Ray Afternoon, his story of growing up in 1970's Bloomington, MN.  He previously worked for Sports Illustrated and has filed stories for the magazine from all seven continents, including Antarctica. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sports WritingThe Best American Travel Writingand The Best American Magazine Writing collections, with essays appearing in Timemagazine and The New York Times. He lives in Minnesota.


Following up Sting-Ray Afternoons, about his 1970s youth, Sports Illustrated writer Rushin explores his 1980s teen years in this humorous, lighthearted collection of anecdotes. Opening with a story about his brother and friend passing themselves off as counter attendants at the local White Castle and handing out free burgers to their high school classmates, Rushin captures the good-natured hijinks that were at the heart of his upbringing in Minnesota. Mixed in the with the relatable dynamic between him and his loving suburban parents, his good-natured siblings, and tight crew of hoops-playing, R&B-listening friends are a slew of pop culture references—including Prince, Van Halen, Larry Bird’s Celtics, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High—that will have 50-somethings nodding their heads. Some sections, such as the origin story of Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant, can feel out of place, but the thread of Rushin’s love of books and guileless hunger to write for Sports Illustrated—encouraged by his mother—provides a strong backbone for the lighter fare. Even with the fear of nuclear “warheads raining down on Kansas” at any moment, Rushin describes what seems to be a safer, simpler time. For nostalgic baby boomers, this is a joyful romp down memory lane. (Publishers Weekly)

Tickets are $40 and include lunch, gratuities and a $5 book coupon for this event. Go to to reserve your spot.

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Hazeltine Golf Club
1900 Hazeltine Blvd.
Chaska, MN 55318
The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544252
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - June 25th, 2019

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358023937
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019

Limelight: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501176388
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - May 14th, 2019

Nights in White Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316419437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 20th, 2019

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